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Upcoming Events

February 27-28, 2016
NYS PTA Legislation/Education Conference
Albany, NY

February 29, 2016
NYS PTA Lobby Day
Albany, NY

March 8, 2016
NYS PTA Virtual Lobby Day

March 19, 2016
NYS PTA PARP Conference
Melville, NY

NYS PTA Unit Insurance Rates Will Change for 2016-17
Neil Johanning, Treasurer

The rates for unit’s PTA insurance premium of $235 per building have not increased in the past eight years. Meanwhile, the cost of the insurance program has increased to the point that the premiums collected are not fully covering the costs.

In November, the Board of Directors approved a three-year rate increase structure. Starting in the 2016-17 school year, the insurance program rates will be restructured and increase slightly.

The cost of the insurance will be $75 for the base unit insurance plus $200 per building for the liability insurance, or $275 for units with only one building. Units with two buildings will have a premium of $75 plus $400, or $475.

The other change is that SEPTAs and SEPTSAs will only be charged a flat rate of $100, instead of the previous $235. This change was made because most SEPTAs are in buildings already covered by other units.

Late fees will remain the same – $20 per building. These changes will take effect with the bills units will receive in April 2016. See the table below for the planned rate structure.

Units2015-16 Rate2016-17 Rate2017-18 Rate2018-19 RateLate Fee
SEPTAs $235 $100 $100 $100 $20
1 Building $235 $275 $290 $300 $20
2 Buildings $470 $475 $490 $500 $40
3 Buildings $705 $675 $690 $700 $60
4 Buildings $940 $875 $890 $900 $80
5 Buildings $1,175 $1,075 $1,090 $1,100 $100

20 Tips to Encourage Reading With Your Child
Stephanie Avidon, PARP Specialist

As parents you are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes every day with your child. Here are some tips to help you become successful at reading together while making it an enjoyable experience for you and your child.

Click here to view the list (beginning on page 22) or visit – under Your PTA – Pick A Reading Partner – PARP Toolkit (Section 5). In the PARP Toolkit you will find a lot of resources to help you as a parent.

If you are a PARP Chair, the Toolkit is a terrific source of information. Sections 1-4 give examples of how to run a PARP program at your school. Section 5 includes a list of different resources for all to use.

Please consider holding a PARP program at your school! If you are already hosting a PARP program, look through the Toolkit for new ideas to add this year. Any questions, please contact

The PARP Conference is Coming!
Stephanie Avidon, PARP Specialist

Mark your calendar for the 2016 PARP Conference!

Saturday, March 19, 2016
8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Melville, NY

Registration material will be sent to you soon.

Here’s a sneak peek for what’s happening at the conference.

Keynote Speaker: Pam Allyn, Executive Director & Chief Storyteller, LitWorld, “Every Child is a Super Reader: 7 Strengths to Open a World of Possible”

Workshops Include:

  • How to PARP: The Secrets to Running a Successful PARP Program
  • Region Winners Tell All
  • Reading in a Techie-Driven World
  • Expand PARP Programs Beyond the Early Years
  • Public Libraries: Your Passport to Reading
  • Leveraging Bilingualism as an Asset in the Life of a Child
  • Literacy: A Foundation for Success
  • Unlock Your Reading DNA
  • Q&A Session

This is a conference for parents, teachers, administrators and librarians. Please help us pass the word along. All current and future PARP Chairs should attend, as there are workshops for the first-timer and the seasoned PARP person. March is the perfect time to start thinking about next year (even if you are still planning one or just finished doing one). We hope you will join us!

For registration material and to view the workshops offered, click here.

Prepare for Cold and Flu Season
Lucille Vitale, Wellness Coordinator

With the milder than usual weather, you may not be thinking about cold and flu season. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu season is just getting started in the US.

If you have not yet received your flu shot, it is not too late to get vaccinated. The CDC recommends a yearly flu shot for everyone six months and older.

Unfortunately, some of us will go to our doctor’s office this season and get a flu diagnosis. Please always remember to STAY AT HOME and rest if you do! Flu is very contagious and easily spread.

For more information about the flu visit the CDC website.

Submit Your PARP Program for a PARP Award
Stephanie Avidon, PARP Specialist

The PARP Application for the 2016 Pick A Reading Partner Award is now available. Click here for details or visit

If you hosted a PARP program this year, enter it for a PARP Award. Each region selects one winner and then NYS PTA selects one winner from that group as the 2016 NYS PTA PARP Winner, which will be recognized at the 2016 State Convention.

All applications must be postmarked by June 15, 2016 and sent to your Region Director. Any questions, contact your Region PARP Chair or email

Taking a Trip? Here’s a Brief Tech Tip!
Nori Gartner-Baca, Publications Specialist

Are you planning a trip? Here are a few quick tips to prepare your smart phone for the journey! Tips like “Turn off your data”, “Check available storage” and more!

Click here to read the full list.

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